Participation at the VIII International Conference of Borderlands

I participate with the paper Cyber borderlands and geopolitical crisis, at this International Conference on Thursday, October 3 at 5:30 pm; organized by Department of Humanities and Education of the Tecnológico de Monterrey.

Internet appears in the 90s as a promise of utopian state without borders or bureaucratic restrictions. This is what Barlow (1996) proposes in his Declaration of independence from cyberspace; or also theorists like Pierre Levy (1997) when they reflect on the possibilities of cyberspace as a hyperconnected nomadic space of knowledge. With the arrival of the first 2000 the situation begins to change. New online service platforms appear in which access to information is no longer absolutely free. The new toll that is required is informational: the user registration, together with the new geolocation technologies incorporated into the devices that connect to the Internet, is setting up more and more a cyberspace in which borders reappear. The Internet ceases to be an open, smooth and absolutely hyperconnected space of knowledge and becomes a place of registration or even of a new, more incisive control and surveillance (Tiqqun, 2015; Deleuze, 2006). Analyzing this double movement, which we could read as a simultaneous or complementary movement of deterritorialization and reterritorialization (Deleuze & Guattari, 2002; Poster & Savat, 2009; Rogers, 2015) the question is to define how each of these components acts, what traits can be compensated and which ones stand out in one way or another. As Bratton (2015) points out, the new global cybernetic mega-structure erases the political map on which the current international geopolitics is based, putting in crisis, perhaps with more emphasis than in World War II, the Treaty of Peace of Westphalia (1648).

Workshop “Data Mining for Humanities with R”

On II Digital Humanities Journeys | 5 September 2019 | Tec de Monterrey

While data mining and statistical learning are born as tools of the exact sciences, business and government agencies, their value for human and social sciences has been increasingly demonstrated. Due to the growing interest aroused by the large amount of non-structure information shared on the Internet, techniques that explore texts, images, relational networks or geographic data have been required for analysis. It is precisely this type of data that the Humanities work with, thus benefiting from the evolution of computing tools. During this workshop we will examine some of the possibilities for this type of analysis with the free software tool R.

Collaboration on Automata’s Inner Movie book

My latest publication: “Is Big Data the new capture machine? Correlations between Data Mining and Gilles Deleuze philosophy”, in Curado, M. & Gouveia, S. S., (Eds.), Automata’s Inner Movie: Science and Philosophy of Mind, Vernon Press, 2019. Available at 24% discount using coupon CFC1720A4D2 at
https://vernonpress.com/book/692 or on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Automatas-Inner-Movie-Philosophy-Psychology/dp/1622736311/

Rural and urban cultural thinking and action meeting

I was invited to discuss the possibilities of the cultural and artists actions which connects the rural and the urban. Because of my experience at Alg-a Laboratory where an independent community produced many contents related with art and technology, the purpose of the meeting was to share several experiences of this kind. You will find more information on the Ministry of Culture of Spain.

herme3TIC-tv. Digital Humanities Lab

I have presented the paper herm3TIC-tv: Prototype of a human and social sciences laboratory based on Deleuze-Guattari philosophy and the application of the new ICT at the International Conference SIGraDi 2018 treating the subject of “Technopolitics” where I proposed a prototype of a Digital Humanities Lab based on an interdisciplinary approach. The project was part of my research on an “herm3TIC” discipline, which overcome humanistic and hermeneutic difficulties when they try to face new technologies and interaction, designing a space where social sciences can reach the experimentation going further the mere documentation. This experience is also developed in a proper site http://herm3tica.tv .

Our social interactions, increasingly mediated by technology, require subjectivity singularization spaces. The philosophy of Deleuze-Guattari gives us the keys of a machinic device that can counter-actualize the generic arrangement we suffer, derived from media and technology. This space is considered as a scenic space but also scientific and analytical, developing what Deleuze-Guattari called schizoanalysis clinic but that we can also understand as the development of a proper and interdisciplinary methodology for the new laboratories of human and social sciences.

Areas of technological transvaluation through the Deleuze-Guattari philosophy

The philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari is used both to encourage the current technological and cybernetic evolution of society and to the contrary: to proclaim the need for areas and opaque layers to interconnectivity. Probably this is because technology itself is neutral: it depends on our uses and applications, the type of social formations that it gives rise to. But, if we contrast the current uses and applications, which areas would be the most critical, those in which there is more sensitively a transvaluation of the use of technologies? Four axes are proposed around which we critically decide the human and social use of technology.

Lapsus, interrupciones, balbuceos… Deleuze vs. NLP

Anomalías del lenguaje en Deleuze frente a los algoritmos Natural Language Processing

La filosofía de Gilles Deleuze desarrolla la crítica nietzscheana al lenguaje y la gramática. “No nos libraremos de Dios mientras sigamos creyendo en la gramática” dice Nietzsche (El crepúsculo de los ídolos, 1889). Desde la crítica metafísica a la noción de sujeto y su dependencia del predicado como “accidente”, Deleuze propone un pensamiento basado en el “infinitivo” (Lógica del sentido, 1969) donde la acción se suspende sobre sí misma en un eterno presente “sin espesor”. Si bien, esto ya había sido esbozado, según el propio Deleuze, en filosofías como la de Spinoza (Spinoza: Filosofía práctica, 1981), a través de las afecciones (en vez de accidentes) inmanentes de la substancia, el estudio deleuziano va más allá estudiando la agramaticalidad como fenómeno de desbordamiento creativo.

En algunas de sus principales obras escritas junto al psicoanalista Félix Guattari (El AntiEdipo, 1972 y Mil mesetas, 1980) nos presentan rasgos de esta agramaticalidad creativa que, aproximándose al fenómeno de la esquizofrenia, crea un claro más allá del lenguaje constreñido por la sintaxis. En otras obras menores (Crítica y clínica, 1993) Deleuze estudia casos concretos, pertenecientes a la literatura y el arte en los que la expresión subvierte la propia lengua y fenómenos como los lapsus, las interrupciones o balbuceos lingüísticos, no son taras psicoanalíticas, sino potencialidades creativas y deseantes.

La pregunta fundamental que nos surge, ante las nuevas metodologías de procesamiento de lenguaje natural (NLP) es hasta qué punto son compatibles ambas visiones del lenguaje. Aunque en un principio, los algoritmos NLP pueden darnos una sensación muy técnica, computacional y por ello también constreñida del lenguaje, ¿sería posible encontrar usos y aplicaciones creativas de estos algoritmos de manera acorde a las potencialidades deleuzianas del lenguaje? Tal como se ha señalado en algunos otros artículos sobre Big Data y filosofía (Pensar después de Big Data) no hay, probablemente, una única respuesta. 

El artículo será presentado en el 3º Congreso Internacional TechLing’18.

Teoria da imagem no Maus Hábitos (Porto)

Lançamento do livro “Teoria da Imagem” de Manuel Cebral Loureda | 30.06, às 18h

Estarão presentes também o editor da Axóuxere, Roberto Abuín, e o investigador e docente da Esap-Porto, Juan Luis Toboso.
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A imagem não é algo que você possa pensar, mas é algo que lhe permite pensar, como um terreno ou um novo território de pensamento. Continuando com as linhas abertas por Deleuze e Tiqqun, juntamente com uma revisão inovadora de Platão, este ensaio observa o lugar que a imagem ocupa na constituição do humano e as possíveis derivações que, acima de tudo, nascem politicamente. A imagem é algo que necessariamente encontramos em nossas sociedades contemporâneas e, tentando superar as críticas situacionistas, devemos encontrar seu potencial cognitivo.

Bios
O autor Manuel Cebral Loureda é licenciado em Filosofia pela Universidade de Santiago de Compostela e especialista em análise estatística e mineração de dados. Atualmente é professor de Filosofia no ensino secundário. Nos últimos anos trabalhou como produtor e mediador cultural de forma independente e através de Alg-a Lab (www.lab.alg-a.org/pt/). Os seus trabalhos desenvolvem e investigam o uso de tecnologias interativas em diferentes contextos, sempre orientados para a inovação pedagógica e cognitiva.

O mediador Juan Luis Toboso é investigador e curador em arte contemporânea. Doutor pela Faculdade de Belas Artes da Universidade Politécnica de Valência. Colaborou com diferentes instituições como o Museu Serralves, a Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian e o Programa de Arte e Arquitectura da Guimarães 2012 Capital Europeia da Cultura. Também é membro de vários grupos na Espanha, Brasil e Portugal, com foco na criação de nós de pensamento em torno dos novos processos de criação artística, bem como na investigação de novos territórios na produção, crítica e difusão das artes plásticas. Atualmente é professor na ESAP – Escola Superior Artística do Porto.

Axóuxere Editora (axouxerestream.com) é uma editora e produtora cultural galega, concentrada na construção de processos habitáveis que híbridem o pensamento com formas de vida por inventar. Também editam textos ou materiais audiovisuais problematizadores dos estatutos e discursos que configuram as tramas de subxectivação da contemporaneidade. Igualmente interessada na fracturação dos códigos que impedem a poética de configurações políticas livres. Máquina de guerra em constante transição de estado de ser.

“Teoria da imagem” book presentation

I have presented my book “Teoria da imagem” at SELIC (Santiago de Compostela Book Week) 2018. The book have been published by Axouxere Editora. The image is not something you can thing at all, rather well, is something which lets you think, like a ground or a new territory of thinking. Continuing the lines opened by Deleuze and Tiqqun, together with an innovative revision of Plato, this essay observes the place that the image occupies in the constitution of the human and the possible derivations that, above all, are born politically. The image is something we obligatorily meet in our contemporary societies and, trying to overcome situationist critics, we should find its cognitive potential.

International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Information

I will stay at the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Information which will be celebrated at the Faculty of Arts, University of Porto, Porto, Portugal on December 5, 6 and 7, 2017. I present the communication “Is Big Data the new capture machine? Correlations between Data Mining and Gilles Deleuze Philosophy” which you could find here

The accelerated growth of technologies related to the Artificial Intelligence raises considerations that must be rigorously evaluated. Due to the Media attention or the huge amounts of funding, it is urgent that we begin the public debate on all the issues related to the application of Artificial Intelligence in everyday life. The impact of these technologies will be an intrinsic part of all aspects of our life: in our home, in our body, in health care, in war, etc. Thus, the relationship between machines and humans seems to be increasingly close, and it can reach to the point of extinction of the purely biological. As A.I. may be the last human invention, we should think carefully about all the scientific, political, ethical, legal, and philosophical aspects that surround it. You can check here the full program.